Already, twenty states have refused to comply with Trump and Kobach’s voter suppression commission. Tell the remaining holdouts to protect the privacy of the voting booth! Trump’s handpicked voter suppression henchman, Kris Kobach, has demanded the voting rolls from every Secretary of State or Chief Election Official in the nation as a part of his role as co-chair of the sham Pence-Kobach Presidential Advisory Commission on Voter Integrity. This commission has been designed to attack our freedom to vote and this request is a clear pretext to nationalize Kobach’s Interstate Voter Crosscheck program which has been repeatedly used in voter purges targeting Black voters. Elections officials from forty-five states have already refused to legitimize this commission by declining to comply with Kobach’s order. Demand the Elections officials from the remaining 5 states have not commented at all on Trump’s fraudulent attempt to attack our freedom to vote — Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner, Hawaii Lieutenant Governor Shan S. Tsutsui, Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale, and New Jersey’s Lieutenant Governor Kim Guagdano. We demand that every Secretary of State or Chief Election Official refuse to comply with Kobach’s illegitimate and unlawful order demanding the personal information of every voter in America!
When announcing that California will not be participating Secretary Padilla stated,
“I will not provide sensitive voter information to a commission that has already inaccurately passed judgment that millions of Californians voted illegally.”
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe said, “At best this commission was set up as a pretext to validate Donald Trump’s alternative election facts, and at worst is a tool to commit large-scale voter suppression.”
Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said, “Indeed, despite bipartisan objections and a lack of authority, the President has repeatedly spread the lie that three to five million illegal votes were cast in the last election.”
We need every leader across the country to join the fight. Join us to demand every Elections Official refuse this order. While the consensus from members of the House, Senate, and our intelligence community is that Russia did everything they could to interfere in the election, including hacking the voting systems of several states, Trump and the Kobach commission have decided to ignore that. Instead of working to secure our election systems from credible threats, Trump and Kobach want every state in the nation to send their information to them. Nothing about Donald Trump’s tenure give us any confidence he would be responsible with the personal information of every American. Instead of staffing his commission with experts in security and voting freedom it is staffed by Vice President Mike Pence, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, and Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson. All of these members have a documented history of suppressing the voting freedom of the Black community. There is no reason to believe that this commission will take proper care of this data, nor that it has any intention of doing anything other than using this information as a weapon against Black communities and other progressive voters to further rig elections and maintain Trump’s power.
From the time Trump began running for office he has targeted the Black community and our freedom to vote. Candidate Trump urged volunteers to go to inner-cities to “monitor” polls he has previously stated as “rigged” in Philadelphia. After losing the popular vote Trump then asserted that “millions” of people voted illegally without any proof. Under the cloud of this announcement, they even added the worst vote suppressor of the bunch, Hans Von Spakovsky, who as a member of the True the Vote board has a long history of racially inflammatory statements and has advised multiple states on how to implement voter caging operations aimed at removing Black voters from the rolls.
Kris Kobach’s Crosscheck system has been used in multiple states to illegitimately and illegally take Black people off of their voting rolls. He was recently fined in a federal court for attempting to keep documents secret concerning Trump’s commission and their current plans to target our Black communities. This is not a man who should be handed the personal information of every voting American. We can not allow Kris Kobach and Donald Trump to cow our Secretaries of State into violating the privacy of everyone who participated in the recent election and also legitimizing a commission thrown together to justify the lies of the current occupant of the White House.
Color of Change demands the Elections officials from the 5 states — Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner, Hawaii Lieutenant Shan S. Tsutsui, Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale, and New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guagdano to refuse to comply with Trump’s fraudulent attempt to attack our freedom to vote disguised as a commission. We demand that every Secretary of State or Chief Election Official refuse to comply with Kobach’s illegitimate and unlawful order demanding the personal information of every voter in America.
Until justice is real,
–Arisha, Rashad, Hope, Johnny, Chad, Kristen, Thomas, Malika, Kwesi, Shannon, the rest of the Color Of Change team